COVID-19

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Trinity College is following all advice from the Australian and Victorian governments in relation to implementing social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

At Trinity, we welcome students from around Australia and the world. We are acutely aware of the impact an outbreak of disease caused by COVID-19 may pose to the unique residential and educational environment we provide at Trinity. Therefore, we are acting with an abundance of caution to do all that we can to safeguard our staff and students.

Like so many other businesses around the country and world, the government regulations as a result of the coronavirus crisis have had a significant impact on Trinity College. Some things, however, have remained the same – the community, the friendships and the student support provided by Trinity. During this challenging time these things are so important. Trinity will continue to operate, albeit in a different capacity, so long as it is deemed safe to do so, because we provide an essential service to our students.

What is Trinity College doing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?

Trinity is monitoring advice from the Australian and Victorian health departments and other health authorities and will continue to respond accordingly. Trinity also has a COVID-19 Response Plan which outlines the College's procedures and policies which are in line with current government regulations. 

We are communicating directly with students and others as the situation changes. 

Trinity remains steadfast in its commitment to the personal and academic growth of our students. As such, our programs across the three divisions are focused on supporting students to navigate a fully online learning experience and our pastoral care will continue to support the emotional health and wellbeing of students.

Current status 

We’ve been incredibly fortunate thus far to have been able to keep COVID-19 out of the College. It is challenging, but we are steadfast in our determination to preserve our healthy environment.

In line with the current Stage 4 restrictions, Residential College students and staff currently living on campus are permitted to leave the campus for four reasons only: work, local exercise (within 5kms of the College) shopping for essential items only (within 5kms of the College) and attending medical appointments or fulfilling caregiving requirements. 

Residential College staff, including the Dean, Associate Dean and Residential Advisors live on the campus, so remain at Trinity.  

For our Pathways School, classes will continue to be held online. We've also decided to replace face-to-face final examinations with online assessment procedures.

For our Theological School, all of our classes continue online, and will do so until it is safe to return to campus. Those registered in online units will, of course, stay in online instruction for the duration of the semester. 

The campus, including the chapel, will remain closed to offsite visitors. 

All in-person events held on the College campus, including those involving non-residents are postponed until further notice.

We know students in our Residential College, Pathways School and Theological School are eager to return to campus and are wondering when they’ll be able to do so. We understand. We hope that before too long the College with be humming with the bright enthusiasm of all students and staff. But until then, the health and safety of our community is paramount.

For students and parents, as soon as decisions are made regarding the return to campus – you will always be the first to know. 

For further measures and specific detail regarding Trinity’s Residential College, Pathways School and Theological School, please see below.

How can I minimise my chance of contracting an infectious illness?

Good hygiene practices are essential to help reduce the spread of infectious disease. In line with advice from health authorities, we recommend:

  • Regular hand washing with soap and warm water before and after eating, after going to the toilet and when re-entering your home 
  • covering coughs and sneezes, disposing of used tissues, and using alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • wearing your mask while outdoors
  • if unwell, avoiding contact with others, including touching, handshaking, kissing and hugging.

Where to get medical help

Anyone who is feeling ill should seek advice from a GP in the first instance (unless it is an emergency, in which case you should call 000). Please call ahead to let the medical facility know your symptoms and follow their advice. 

Useful numbers

  • National COVID-19 hotline: 1800 020 080
  • Unimelb Health Service: 03 8344 6904
  • After hours GP: 13 74 25
  • 24/7 free nurse on call: 1300 606 024
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital is also close to Trinity at 300 Grattan St (corner of Royal Parade), Parkville

Trinity staff and students who are feeling ill should not return to College until given clearance to do so by a medical professional. 

Advice for Pathways School current onshore students, staff & parents

Students are regularly sent emails with any new information, including class structure and examination periods. Students are advised to regularly check their Trinity email account.

How is Trinity supporting the safety and wellbeing of all students, including implementing physical distancing recommendations? 

Trinity has now taken all lectures and tutorials online.

No members of the extended Trinity College community or members of the general public will be allowed on Trinity grounds.

In-person student events have been cancelled or postponed in order to comply with Australian government restrictions and protect the health of our students. 

Trinity College will continue to monitor all advice from the Australian government and health departments in relation to COVID-19 and adjust policies as required.

What to do if you're feeling unwell

Symptoms such as fever, tiredness, a runny nose or sore throat may indicate COVID-19. Given the current situation, these symptoms need to be taken seriously and should be investigated by a medical professional. Therefore, anyone who is feeling ill should seek advice from a GP (doctor) in the first instance (unless it is an emergency, in which case you should call 000). Please call ahead to let the medical facility know your symptoms and follow their advice.

Useful contacts

Here are some useful numbers, or ask a staff member if you are unsure who to call:

  • Unimelb Health Service: 03 8344 6904
  • After hours GP: 13 74 25
  • 24/7 free nurse on call: 1300 606 024
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital is also close to Trinity at 300 Grattan St (corner of Royal Parade)
  • Trinity College nurse: pathwaynurses@trinity.unimelb.edu.au
  • Trinity College student wellbeing team: wellbeing@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

If a case of COVID-19 does present at Trinity College, isolation procedures will be put in place. Rest assured, Trinity College will support you during this process. Our wellbeing team is also here to look after your physical and emotional health any time you need support.

Advice for Residential College students, staff & parents

Health and wellbeing 

Together, the Residential Support Team (RST), the TCAC leadership team, RAs and SCs will assist your son or daughter if they are ill or have any health concerns, either physically or emotionally. 

If a student falls ill, we will ask them to make arrangements for accommodation away from the College, such as returning home. However, for others, travelling home will not be a viable option. Trinity is home! If this is the case for your son or daughter, rest assured that we will look after them.

The College dining hall and meals 

·       The College dining hall and café is closed to all but Residential College students and Residential College staff. 

·       In-room meal service will be provided to those students who become ill, or are in isolation, and who do not have available alternative accommodation (such as home). 

·       It is compulsory for all students and staff to use the hand sanitiser provided before entering the dining hall.  

·       As dining hall safety measures are put in place, cutlery will be individually handed with plated meal by catering staff. 

·       Recyclable paper cups and dispensers will replace racked glassware.  

·       Tables, benches and surfaces in the dining room will be wiped down frequently during meal service. 

·       Students on bursary duty will be retrained as appropriate and will not be involved in service of food or food handling.

Assistance 

The College will assist students with: 

·       isolation, if required, for those who fall ill in this early phase. Isolation measures will be constantly reviewed and adapted as appropriate; 

·       information and medical services support; 

·       mental health and wellbeing support via our pastoral care structure; 

·       communication with relevant university course authorities and loved ones if needed. 

Hygiene 

Students experiencing any flu-like symptoms have been asked not to enter common areas or the dining hall.  Students and staff who become unwell are being asked to self-isolate and contact the appropriate support (RST, RAs, SCs) at the College to register for assistance if needed. 

Additional measures being implemented immediately are listed below.  

·       Additional hand sanitisers have been placed around the College including at the dining hall and café entry points.  

·       Communal toilets will be cleaned regularly, and more frequently, during the day.   

·       Increased cleaning of communal areas.  

·       Reception surfaces will be wiped down with sanitiser regularly during reception hours. 

·       Isolation areas have been designated and protocols are in place should they be required. 

Risk levels 

If risk levels are raised, the College may enact other actions including: 

·       University online course material will increase, and the College academic support program will assist students to keep abreast of their studies 

·       All food service will move to staff service

·       Mealtimes will be extended, and corridors allocated a time for service to reduce the number of students in the dining hall at any one time and to increase social distancing. 

What happens if a case of COVID-19 presents at Trinity College?

We have action plans in place, should the situation escalate, including isolation procedures to ensure the virus is contained if a case presents within our community. 

We need to remember that people with symptoms such as: fever, tiredness, a runny nose or sore throat may not necessarily have illness caused by COVID-19. However, in light of the current situation, signs and symptoms of illness must be taken seriously and anyone presenting with these symptoms will be asked to seek medical attention and get tested.

Student health and wellbeing is at the forefront of everything we do, so rest assured, we will inform and support students throughout this process.

Advice for Theological School students & staff

Trinity Theological School and University of Divinity students are well-placed to continue their education, while avoiding the spread and contraction of COVID-19. All of our classes have moved to an online format.

As a precaution, Trinity College Chapel Morning Prayer at 9.00am has moved online via Zoom. 

Trinity College Chapel services of Choral Evensong have been cancelled.

Please, if you are feeling unwell and are showing symptoms such as runny nose, fever, aches etc, stay at home. Avoiding leaving the house, do not attend Church services, and try to avoid contact with healthy individuals.

If symptoms persist or worsen, seek medical attention ASAP. Here are some useful numbers if you should fall unwell:

  • After hours GP: 13 74 25
  • 24/7 free nurse on call: 1300 606 024
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital is also close to Trinity at 300 Grattan St (corner of Royal Parade)

Trinity Contacts

Pathways School students and parents
academicadmin@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

Residential College students and parents
leoniej@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

Theological School students
tcts@trinity.edu.au   


See updates from the University of Melbourne on COVID-19.